In this fifth installment, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of co-workers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.
Directed By: Steven Quale
Written By: Eric Heisserer
Cast: Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell and Arlen Escarpeta
Anyone who knows me, or has followed my writing for any length of time, can probably tell you that I’m not a big horror fan. It’s a source of much amusement for my comrades here at TMP, that I’m such a big wiener when it comes to horror films. So it seems odd that I would volunteer to review Final Destination 5.
A couple reasons for this. For one, I continue to preach that movie buffs need to not be biased and give every movie a chance, and firmly believe that filmmakers should watch films from ALL genres. Secondly, Final Destination are one of the few horror film franchises I’ve seen (blame it on an ex-girlfriend for making me watch them). So when WB asked me to review the blu-ray, I said sure.
I didn’t catch it in theaters, but I can’t say I regret that. Don’t get me wrong, this is actually one of the best entries in the entire franchise. The last two films were abysmal and utterly silly, but Final Destination 5 seemed to get back down to business. The story took on a more serious and darker tone and featured one thing that the least few haven’t….a plot. Yeah, there’s an actual story in this film and not just a series of crazy deaths.
The deaths are still inventive and gory as ever, but the filmmakers do a much better job this time around, of actually making you care about the characters before they’re killed off. You feel some sort of sympathy for them, rather than a “oh man, did you see that!” kind of reaction.
The best part of this movie though is the unexpected. The director did a good job of making you look one way, and then hitting you from the side. When you think you know how a death is going to occur, something out of left-field happens. For these kind of horror films, this is exactly what you want to achieve. A predictable horror film is a bad horror film.
The acting is…okay. It’s not terrible, but it’s not great either, and there are some aspects of the characters I would have loved to see explored more. As for the blu-ray itself…it feels somewhat hollow. The only real special feature on there are these alternate death scenes, which are ultimately less interesting that what was shown in the film.
It’s a good comeback for this franchise, which was ailing quite a bit. Some new blood working behind the scenes made a huge difference. If you were a fan of the series, but put off by the last couple outings, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when watching this one.
Final Destination 5 (which is available now in stores and online) gets a 7 out of 10